Haji Kalimullah Khan, popularly known as ”Mango man”, is an Indian horticulturist and fruit breeder,
Khan known for his accomplishments in breeding mangoes and other fruits.
He is well-known to have grown over 300 different varieties of mangoes on a single tree, the “Magical mango tree”, using grafting techniques.
Each and every mango has unique aroma and taste!
Born in Malihabad, near Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh,
Khan dropped out of school at 7th standard and took to the family business of farming.
Using the asexual propagation technique of grafting, he has developed several new varieties of mangoes,
some of which has been named after celebrities such as Akhilesh Yadav, Narendra Modi, Yogi Adityanath, Sachin Tendulkar, Sonia Gandhi and Aishwarya Rai.
Anarkali, a variety of mango developed by him is reported to have two different skins and two different layers of pulp, each having a different taste.
The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2008, for his contributions to horticulture.
He also grows a certain breed of guava, which on ripening becomes as red as an apple.
Popularly called the “Mango Maharaja”, by the locals. Khan will awe you with his knowledge on mangoes.
He recognizes every single variety from the way it looks and smells.
Every day, hundreds of prospective buyers and tourists come to visit the orchard — and Khan makes sure he attends to each of them.
It’s this hospitality that sets him apart.
These mangoes are so revered, that within 15 days of harvest — all his produce is sold!